Capital Research Center
Capital Research Center (CRC)
CRC claims it “exposes liberal bias” in government and nonprofit organizations by monitoring groups that it describes as “promote[ing] the growth of the welfare state.”
As part of the conservative campaign to 'Defund the left' the Capital Research Center produces a range of publications targeting foundations, unions and activist groups that it views as supporting liberal causes.
Its key monthly publications include:
- Organization Trends that reports on and analyzes the activities of advocacy organizations;
- Labor Watch that scrutinizes union contributions and activism;
- Foundation Watch that “examines the grantmaking of private foundations”; and
- Compassion & Culture, discontinued in 2009, which highlighted the “work of small, locally based charities that help the needy.”
It also publishes Patterns in Corporate Philanthropy, which documents corporate donations to non-profit groups. CRC also host two other projects:
- Green Watch, which it describes as a project dedicated to “monitoring the leadership, activities and funding of the liberal environmentalist movement” 
Stance on Climate Change
“Despite environmentalist claims of a 'consensus' on global warming, climate science is contentious.” 
ExxonMobil announced that the Capital Research Center would be one of nine groups it would stop funding in 2008 that had been associated with global warming skepticism. Exxon had made a similar promise in 2007, but most of the organizations continued to receive funding. 
- Armstrong Foundation, The — $22,000
- Barbara and Barre Seid Foundation — $25,000
- Brady Education Foundation — $26,500
- Carthage Foundation — $225,000
- Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation — $15,000
- Charlotte and Walter Kohler Charitable Trust — $60,000
- Claude R. Lambe Charitable Foundation — $650,000
- Earhart Foundation — $194,500
- Exxon Mobil — $225,000
- F.M. Kirby Foundation — $110,000
- Gordon and Mary Cain Foundation — $6,500
- Hickory Foundation — $86,000
- JM Foundation — $30,000
- Jaquelin Hume Foundation — $175,000
- John M. Olin Foundation — $567,500
- John Templeton Foundation — $250
- Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation — $1,598,320
- Philip M. McKenna Foundation — $394,000
- Randolph Foundation — $173,000
- Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation — $5,000
- Rodney Fund — $97,000
- Roe Foundation — $95,000
- Ruth and Lovett Peters Foundation — $175,500
- Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation — $200,000
- Sarah Scaife Foundation — $4,675,000
- Scaife Family Foundation — $255,000
- Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation — $42,000
- Walton Family Foundation — $7,000
- William E. Simon Foundation — $1,000
- William H. Donner Foundation — $398,333
According to one source, CRC appears to have received $50,000 from the Tobacco Company Phillip Morris.
Board of Directors
According to the Capital Research Center website, accessed June 2011, the board of directors are:
- Terrence Scanlon — President/Chairman since 1994, and a former Vice President at the Heritage Foundation.
- Gilbert Collins — Director, and also on the board of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, and the Independent Institute in Oakland , CA.
- Beverley Danielson — Director, and formerly of the Institute of World Politics.
- Edwin Meese III — Director.
- Marion G. Wells — Vice President, and Trustee with the Heritage Foundation.
- Thomas S. Winter — Former Editor-in-Chief of Human Events Washington, DC.
- William Meyersohn — Florida Real Estate Professional.
Former board members:
- Daniel J. Popeo — Treasurer.
- Constance Larcher — Secretary.
- Dean Webster — Director.
- Pamela Witherspoon — Officer.
- Barbara Kenney
The December edition of CRC's Foundation Watch newsletter stated that Barbara Kenney joined the board in late 2003. However, it did not mention who had left.
- Robert Huberty — Executive Vice President and Director of Research, formerly of the Heritage Foundation.
- Christopher Krukewitt — Accountant.
- Matthew Vadum — Senior Editor, of Organization Trends and Foundation Watch and has written extensively about ACORN.
- Gordon Cummings — Director, Development. formerly Development Coordinator at the Cato Institute.
- J. Marie Erwin — Development Associate.
- Matt Patterson — Senior Editor of Labor Watch and Green Watch.
- Douglas Walker — Office Manager.
- John Carlisle — Former Editor of Organization Trends and Foundation Watch.
- David Riggs — Former Executive Director of Green Watch.
- Christopher Morris — Former Editor of Patterns of Corporate Philanthropy.
According to Sourcewatch, the membership of the Capital Research Center's National Advisory Board was listed on its website in 2001. However, it does not disclose the current membership of the board.
- Tom Holt, appears to have been a past CRC “visiting fellow.” Holt has advocated legal reforms that would make it more difficult to sue corporations on the premise that “the consumer movement has imposed significant costs on industry–costs ultimately passed on to consumers–and has violated individual freedoms in a futile effort to protect us from our own actions and judgment.” 
Terrence Scanlon of CRC was a signatory to a letter to President Bush, applauding his decision not to attend the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.
“Environmentally and socially irresponsible corporations and their operatives are lobbying the Administration to snub the Summit and halt any progress toward addressing environmental accountability and global climate change,” said Friends of the Earth President, Dr. Brent Blackwelder. 
In the press release launching the Greenwatch site in the fall of 2001, Rep. Butch Otter (R-ID), called the groups included in the Greenwatch database “extremists,” and declared the purpose of the database was to “monitor and keep the extremists in check.” 
The Capital Research Center published studies criticizing charities such as the American Heart Association, the American Lung Association and the American Cancer Society for their anti-tobacco lobbying efforts. 
CRC was later criticized, and it was revealed that Phillip Morris had provided $50,000 in funding to the Capital Research Center. 
CRC has also published reports on the “Anti-Smoking Movement,” to which select PM staff were given advance copies.
CRC is a former member of Alliance for America and is a past member of the Cooler Heads Coalition (CHC).
“About CRC,” Archived December 13, 2010.
Neil Hrab. “'Direct Action': The Tactics of Radical Activism: Part I” (PDF), Organization Trends (Capital Research Center), February, 2004. Archived February 5, 2007.
Bonner Cohen. “The Green Counter-Establishment: How It Holds Power” (PDF), Organization Trends (Capital Research Center). Archived November 27, 2008.
“Exxon Announces Cutoff for Warming Skeptics – Again,” Integrity in Science, June 2, 2008.
“Capital Research Center,” Media Transparency. Accessed March 28, 2012.
“Capital Research Center,” SourceWatch Profile.
“SLAPP Happy: Corporations That Sue to Shut You Up,” PRWatch, Second Quarter 1997, Volume 4, No. 2.
“Corporate-funded Lobbyists Aimed to Sabotage Johannesburg Summit” (Press Release,) allAfrica.com, August 19, 2002. Archived April 29, 2003.
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“The Capital Research Center: A Rising Star in the Crowded Universe of Right-Wing Think Tanks,” CultureWatch Online, Issue No. 36, October 1996. Archived October 15, 2000.
“Capital Research Center,” Wikipedia Entry.